The Sexes: God Is Love

Does religious fervor lead to a richer sex life? Maybe so. Redbook magazine's September issue reports on a computer analysis of 18,349 responses to a professionally prepared questionnaire on sexual attitudes and practices published in the magazine last fall. While scarcely representative of all American women—most of the responses came from young, white, middle-class mothers—the survey does show that "strongly religious" women report more sexual satisfaction, more orgasms and better communication with their husbands than "fairly religious" women. At the bottom of the happiness scale are non-religious women; they are the least satisfied with the frequency and quality of intercourse, and...

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